Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

Pema Chödrön (amazon.com, 5/1/13); Ashley Wells, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
"When something is bothering you -- a person is bugging you, a situation is irritating you, or physical pain is [hurt]ing you -- you must work with your mind, and that is done through meditation.

"Working with our mind is the only means through which we'll actually begin to feel happy and contented with the world that we live in."
  • Library Journal’s "Best Books of 2013" selection
How to Meditate (soundstrue.com)
American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Ani Pema Chödrön is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit Vajrayana Buddhist teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives.

With How to Meditate, the American Buddhist nun presents her first book exploring in-depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong meditation practice.

More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, and aliveness.

Meditation, Ani explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This step-by-step guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind, embrace the fullness of our experience, and live in a wholehearted way as we discover:
  • The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness
  • The Seven Delights―how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love
  • Shamatha ("calm abiding"), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
  • Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"―instead of obstacles―in meditation
Author of this Buddhist classic
"I think ultimately why we practice is so that we can become completely loving people, and this is what the world needs," writes Pema Chödrön. How to Meditate is a long-overdue book from this wise teacher to assist each one of us in this virtuous goal.

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